Hello, one and all. Man it was a busy month of July, and early August. Lots of coming and goings. So let's get right to your quesionts. . . . .
Have heard nothing. It certainly looks like his time with the Blues is over, given their current cap situation. Although maybe that changes down the road if Tarasenko does indeed get traded. .
It sure looks that way. If not a big chunk, then at least a chunk.
You must have missed it. He will play for the Blackhawks, which figures to make them something less than pushovers this year in the Central.
Changing agents certainly hasn't helped in terms of Tarasenko's trade request, that's for sure. If the agent's aim was to bully Armstrong into a quick trade, he totally misunderstood Armstrong and how Armstrong operates. But from what I've been told, these feelings were building up in Tarasenko long before the agent trade.
I never thought a JVR for Tarasenko was an option. As for Foegele, he's no longer with Carolina - he's been traded to the Edmonton Oilers.
First off, I think the Blues can still be a competitive team barring a rash of injuries like they had last season. As for what happens at the next trade deadline, that's a long way away.. Let's see how the team is doing and specific players are doing at that time.
Yeah, it's getting pretty tight isn't it. Keep in mind, teams can be above the salary cap before the season starts - by like 10 percent, I believe. But if Thomas were to come in at $2 million, that would mean Sanford would have to come in at $1.5 million to stay under the cap right now. And that would mean Sanford would not get a pay raise, which is hard to imagine even factoring in his disappointing season.
Armstrong mentioned a couple of Zoom calls ago, that he thought the Blues had plenty of other bottom 6 options. It's probably time to give players such as Kostin and Joshua a chance. Toropchenko isn't that far away either. But I get what you're saying. Bozak played pretty well when healthy last season and remained the team's best faceoff man not named O'Reilly. And by all accounts he was great with the younger players.
Yeah, in an ideal world, I thought the Blues would add a veteran right-hand defender. Didn't have to be a star, just someone with a little bit of size and snarl. Didn't happen. And now there's not much out there, at least in terms of available free agents. Maybe it's simply time for Mikkola and Walman to step up. After a little AHL seasoning, Perunovich should be ready to step up. In terms of defensive strategy, it all starts with being stouter in front of the net. I think it was Armstrong who mentioned assistant coach Mike Van Ryn by name (he runs the defense) saying that improvement had to be made in front of the net. I found that interesting.
Hah! I know exactly what you mean. I guess you could root for him in every game other than against the Blues. Then again, if you do that, he might get enough wins to push the 'Hawks ahead of the Blues in the standings. So it's a dilemma for a Blues fan, to be sure.
God bless Chara. What a career. But the man is 44 years old. If you think he's the last step to getting your team into true Cup contention, go for it. Personally I don't think that's the case. Sooner later, you have to trust some of your younger players such as Mikkola and Walman.
If not "overplayed," then certainly "misplayed." You go to Armstrong, you ask for a trade, you simply say you need a change of scenery. Given Tarasenko's play last season, you certainly didn't need to twist Armstrong's arm to force a trade. The worst thing you could do to help your trade value is to say that you've got a bum shoulder because (allegedly) Blues doctors botched a couple of shoulder surgeries. The scorched-earth approach by the Tarasenko camp makes absolutely no sense.
Not much, to tell you the truth. Except I'm pretty sure a lot of Cardinals fans are also Blues fans and vice versa.
I'm not saying it won't happen. I'm just saying that there has been less to no "traffic" at this point in terms of teams calling on Tarasenko.
I believe the Blues were asking Schwartz to take a pay cut - something in the $4M to $5M range. Most players, and I'm sure most people in all walks of life, would rather not take a pay cut.
Personally, I thought Kyrou would get $2 million, or a little more than $2 million. So $2.8 milion surprised me a little. But he is a promising player and the arrow certainly is pointing upwards. If he keeps progressing, $2.8M will seem like a bargain two years down the road. The Barbashev deal seemed about right. I know he missed some games due to the ankle injury, but he's a valuable role player. That the Blues are squeezed once again cap-wise is simply life in the salary cap era, something that afflicts all championship clubs. I think the Blues can squeeze in Thomas and Sanford. If not, it's possible Sundqvist and his $2.75M cap hit could begin the year on LTIR - remember he's coming off knee surgery - could create some necessary cap room at the start of the year.
I hear you. But it's not like Schwartz has family in St. Louis. And about half of his teammates (at least from the Stanley Cup team) are gone. Maybe a new challenge, a fresh start appealed to him.